The Etruscan Coast is a stretch of Tuscan coastline in the northern part of the Maremma and its name come from the Etruscans who lived ere from the ninth century bc. Do not miss the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, located between the Promontory of Piombino and the Gulf of Baratti, where you can visit the remains of the only Etruscan town founded by the sea, one of the most important centers of the ancient world for processing and the iron trade. The small village of Populonia is situated on the top of a hill surrounded by the sea at the end of a wonderful scenic route: inside the medieval walls, built for defense against pirates, you find cobbled streets, small shops and a museum of Etruscan and Roman.
Continuing north you will find Bolgheri, near to the coastline and already immersed in a country rich in vineyards and olive groves, famous for its spectacular Cypress Avenue, a long straight five miles way of cypress trees, made famous by the verses of Giosuè Carducci, which leads to the spectacular historic center dominated by the castle. The exemplary architectural harmony, the red brick castle which leads to the village, the cobbled streets and ancient stone buildings adorned with geraniums makes it a place of great beauty. Narrow streets and small squares that evoke the atmosphere of other times, overlook small craft shops and taverns where you can taste local specialties accompanied by red wines "Bolgheri DOC". In this area it is also produced one of the finest and more expensive Italian wine, the only one for a specific winery that has a specially reserved DOC, Bolgheri Sassicaia.
As you move toward the interior area you will reach the area of the Colline metallifere, hills where you will find wild and rugged landscapes between towns rich in history and culture, medieval castles and romantic towns such as Massa Marittima, a jewel of the Upper Maremma. The stunning scenery of its square stems from the harmonious arrangement of the volumes of the Cathedral and the buildings that surround it; in addition to the famous cathedral there are other important monuments well preserved such as the Tower, the Fortress, the Episcopate Palace, the Podestà Palace and the Sources with the famous fresco of Abundance. This territory is very beautiful for the variety of the landscape, surrounded by the hills and the sea, still preserved by large flows of mass tourism. In this area wines of the Doc Monteregio are produced, recently established but with an ancient traditions of viticulture, that with the eight different types of wine represent a composite local wine world. Food and wine tourism along the Wine Road of Monteregio allows you to visit wineries, wine bars and craft shops in a stunning natural environment.
To complete the tour of this part of Tuscany we recommend you to discover a magical place in the beautiful countryside of Chiusdino: The Abbey of San Galgano, an imposing gothic church dating back to 1218. It's really a breathtaking place for those who visit it for the first time, both for insulation and therefore the sanctity emanating, and the particularity of being without a coverage. In fact, after centuries of splendor and wealth until the fourteenth century, also thanks to the financial support of Frederick II, the Abbey began to suffer a great loss: it was used as a warehouse of building materials and later the lead roof was sold for making ammunition. The visitor who enters, when he looks up and sees the pointed arches and windows that rise into the sky or starry blue above him, has an indescribable feeling. Unique setting for any type of show with a great natural acutista, the Abbey has been the scene of major concerts during the summer evenings. On the adjacent hill by a short walk you can reach the Hermitage Chapel of Montesiepi, older than the Abbey. Legend tells the knight Galgano Guidotti retired here after years of war, tired of his frivolous and useless life, he decided to change living in solitude with God and Nature; as a tangible sign of his change, he thrusted his sword into the rock. The Hermitage was built over the tomb of San Galgano and its dome reminiscent of ancient Roman and Etruscan tombs. In the adjoining chapel with a vaulted ceiling there is a fresco cycle by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Prices per hour (not per person) from Siena
1/2 pax 45 €
3 pax 50 €
4 pax 55 €
5/6 pax 60 €
7/8 pax 65 €
from Florence 30 € extra
from Livorno 65 € extra
from Pisa 65 € extra
from Lucca 65 € extra
from Rome 135 € extra
Cost includes: visit and wine tasting in wineries present in our list, driver in english or spanish, pick up and drop off, gas, van with air conditioning, taxes and the meals for the driver.
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